‘The Conners’ Renewed for Season 2 by ABC

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Looks like the Conner family can continue to make themselves at home at ABC, as the broadcast network has renewed its highly-rated “Roseanne” spinoff series, “The Conners,” for a second season.

The cast for Season 2 includes series regulars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy and Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy. Additional cast members will be announced at a later date.

Ending on Jan 22, the 11-episode first season of the “The Conners” ranks as the No. 1 new comedy of the 2018-19 season in both total viewers, with an average of 9.5 million, and the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic, scoring a 2.2 rating average, according to the “most current” data from Nielsen.

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The “Roseanne” spinoff follows the Conner family — sans Roseanne, as she was fired by ABC last spring and the original revival series was canceled — as they grapple with parenthood, divorce, dating, aging and financial pressures in working-class America. “Through it all – the fights, the coupon cutting, the hand-me-downs, the breakdowns – with love, humor and perseverance, the family prevails,” per ABC.

“We are proud to be continuing the story of the iconic Conners family,” Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment president, said Friday. “This team is fearless in their willingness to tackle contemporary issues with humor and heart, and I have no doubt they will continue to outdo themselves.”

Guest stars on Season 1 included Matthew Broderick, Juliette Lewis, Katey Sagal, Mary Steenburgen, Justin Long, Jay R. Ferguson and Sarah Chalke, among others. Additionally, some fan favorites from the original run of “Roseanne” reprised their roles for the spinoff’s freshman season, including Estelle Parsons as Beverly Harris, Natalie West as Crystal Anderson and James Pickens Jr. as Chuck Mitchell.

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“The Conners” hails from Werner Entertainment and is executive produced by Tom Werner. Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez also executive produce.

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‘Captive State’ Film Review: Space Invaders Occupy Earth Without the Benefit of a Decent Script

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If near-future science fiction has taught us anything, it’s that humanity is irremediably doomed; either we succumb to rapacious technology or natural disasters of our own making, or an invasion by foes beyond our atmosphere wipes us out or enslaves us. Rupert Wyatt’s “Captive State” adheres to the latter variant but shows no intention of providing entertainment, just an unsatisfying potluck of quasi-relevant, frustration-inducing ideas.

Nine years after first contact, Earth’s governments have surrendered power to the alien overlords, whose spiny-looking leader is known as The Legislator. These creatures are benevolent in the way that a dictator is good to anyone: They’ve delivered stability in exchange for oppression. Up-close, the extraterrestrial enemies read as a crossbreed between a hairy tarantula and a lychee (yes, the tropical Asian fruit).

In response, the unimaginatively named insurgent group Phoenix has emerged and consistently carried out attacks on the “closed zones,” underground areas from which the villains run their resource-draining operation. That’s as much as can be gathered with certainty from the screenplay by Wyatt and Erica Beeney (“The Battle of Shaker Heights”). There may well be written text out there that explains the intricacies of the “Captive State” mythology, but none of it makes it onto the screen.

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John Goodman, in a phoned-in chore of a performance similar to others he’s cranked out with ease over the years, plays serious detective William Mulligan, the man tasked with stopping the Chicago cell of the humanist troublemakers. Together with Ashton Sanders (“Moonlight”) as teen rebel Gabriel Drummond, mourning his heroic brother, Goodman functions as the movie’s weak emotional anchor among plenty of even more thinly developed earthlings.

A stilted argument serves as Jonathan Majors’ most noteworthy contribution; Majors is a great actor elsewhere, who’ll get his time in the sun later this year when Sundance hit “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” arrives in theaters. Meanwhile, a wasted Vera Farmiga gets three scenes as a book-smart prostitute, while KiKi Layne (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) makes a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo. That concludes the list of folks with even a shred of narrative weight.

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Even after a full hour of tediously dry yet flagrant setup, the essential points of the film’s premise remain devoid of clarity. Make no mistake, just because a slew of nameless characters are introduced by the minute as if by revolving door, it doesn’t mean the plot gets any more enticing. People walk in and out of frame at such pace, one can only hope they are all wearing pedometers to register their futile efforts to rescue us not from destruction but boredom. Thrills are few, and they are all in the trailer.

It’s almost impressive the level of insufferable dourness that “Captive State” achieves, both in form and tone. Whatever existential conundrum or socio-political concern it pretends to be compelled by dissolves into a pool of convoluted sequences that pull our attention from the message (whatever that might be) in order to try to figure who is who and what is going on from one cut to the next. A grounded espionage thriller with otherworldly antagonists sounds truly gripping, but this isn’t it.

Wyatt could possibly be making a point about solidarity in the face of a common adversary, or how a committed few can enact change, or maybe even making connections with the current state of affairs, but if that’s the case, it’s all obscured behind dry speeches and mundane filmmaking. Its urban landscapes and washed-out colors do little to add aesthetic singularity or visual allure, although they do fit right in with the lo-fi approach. What’s carried over from other space-invaders chronicles are the primitive sounds that make up their foreign language and a score that reuses eerie audio cues that immediately ring of outer space.

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Delving into the purposeless particularities of this self-important snoozer could require an elaborate dissertation. That’s far beyond the attention it warrants. Still, some rather nonsensical quirks of note include the grotesque bugs implanted on mankind to track our every mode — A commentary on cell phones? Who knows. — a flammable and transparent organic substance that works in mysterious ways, and the curious notion that aliens hate how humans smell.

Following a major operation during a “unity rally,” where American leaders welcome an alien dignitary, a ridiculous brawl erupts that demonstrates that the movie couldn’t care less about its own rules. These hyper-intelligent alien entities, which we’ve earlier seen pulverize human bodies into bloody dust within seconds, are somehow defeated with a fire extinguisher and a quick strangulation session. Turns out they are no stronger than a regular henchman. (Fun fact: They also look like lychees on the inside.)

Lacking poignancy at every level, what could have been a moderately exciting, if unoriginal, occupation thriller instead becomes a muddled and dispirited disappointment from the director who once earned high praise for “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.”



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John Goodman Says He ‘Fell Down the Stairs After ‘Roseanne’ Cancellation (Video)

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It took John Goodman a couple weeks to recover from the “Roseanne” cancelation news, and the actor says that weird things kept happening after the former leading lady’s tweets that got her fired.

“Last year was so miraculous and so unreal, that when it went away it was almost like a dream,” Goodman said when visiting “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Monday. He added that when the sitcom was first canceled, he didn’t know what would happen, but he definitely wanted the show to go on.

“I just crashed for a couple weeks,” Goodman said, making a downward spiral motion with his hand. “All kinds of weird stuff happened. My wife got sick right after that, then I fell down the stairs.”

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“Well this is taking a terrible turn!” Kimmel responded.

Goodman assured “Roseanne” fans that really, not much will change in “The Conners.”

“Same family, minus mom,” he said. But he was mum on any further details, saying that ABC didn’t want him giving away spoilers. He did joke: “You know last season she goes out to the liquor store to fill her vape pen, and she hasn’t been back,” garnering laughs from Kimmel and the audience.

Watch the clip above.

“The Conners” premieres Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC. 

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When the stars of “Roseanne” decided to pursue a spinoff series without the titular star, they new it wasn’t without risk.

“There was a lot of risk involved,” Laurie Metcalf said in a new interview with People magazine. “But we all decided as a group to take the risk, knowing that we could be judged by deciding to come back.”

Metcalf added: “And you know, coming off such a high, it was hard to wrap our heads around.”

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John Goodman and Sara Gilbert joined Metcalf in telling People about their decision to return to the show after the reboot was canceled last spring shortly after Barr sent out a tweet suggesting that former Barack Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood and the “Planet of the Apes.”

Goodman, who plays the Conner family’s patriarch, said that they are grateful to Barr for agreeing to give up financial and creative control.

“That was a very big deal,” he told People. “To give us a chance.”

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Still, the actors were initially reluctant to continue the show without Barr — but they ultimately came aboard. “There was the feeling of not wanting it to go away until we were ready,” Goodman. “There was a debt owed to this fictional family. We want to finish telling this story.”

“Any sadness that we feel over what we’ve lost we’re hopefully channeling in an honest way into the show,” Gilbert added.

In the promo for the sitcom, the matriarch has passed away and the family is broke as they head into the holiday season. “And our show has always been able to deal with heavy topics, particularly for a sitcom. It’s been kind of built into the mix.”

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The Conners are hanging tough in some sneak peek photos from the “Roseanne” spinoff’s upcoming series premiere.

On the first episode of “The Conners,” titled “Keep on Truckin,’” a sudden turn of events forces the Conners to face the daily struggles of life in Lanford in a way they never have before, per ABC’s press materials. (Our money is on that “sudden turn of events” being how they write off Roseanne Barr.)

Family members Dan (John Goodman), Jackie (Laurie Metcalf), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), Becky (Lecy Goranson) and Mark (Ames McNamara) are featured in the new stills from the episode, with their expressions oscillating between seriously concerned in one shot and joyous in others. (Cheers, Dan and Mark?)

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The “Roseanne” spinoff officially began production last month on the Warner Bros. lot, with ABC sharing a photo of Goodman, Gilbert, Metcalf, Goranson, McNamara, Jayden Rey, Michael Fishman and Emma Kenney all seated around the working class clan’s iconic kitchen table set.

Noticeably absent from all these pics is Barr, whose offensive “Planet of the Apes” tweet about ex-Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett in May led to her being fired and “Roseanne” being axed by the network. But ABC soon found a way to carry on by ordering the Barr-less spinoff “The Conners.”

ABC Entertainment Group President Channing Dungey told TheWrap during the Television Critics Association press tour in August that she has seen three outlines for the “Roseanne” spinoff sans Barr — but no script yet. And Dungey says the fact they were  “playing catch-up” with the rest of broadcast TV’s fall slate.

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